Bang the Bore X: a request for assistance!

June 16th, 2011 |  Published in Blog

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In an attempt to beat the clock, Bang the Bore would like to ask for your help staging our tenth event, scheduled for the afternoon of Saturday 6th August at the Hansard Gallery in Southampton.

To accompany Jane and Louise Wilson’s exhibition of photographs taken around the Chernobyl exclusion zone, we will be theming our event around nuclear power in the context of the wider energy industry, environmental impact and humanity’s ceaseless and increasing demand for more power.

In the immediate aftermath of Fukushima and the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, nuclear power barely seems to be out of the headlines. We want to address the subject with as much honesty and integrity as we can, presenting our conflicted feelings alongside our hope that humanity can balance its growing demand for energy with the the urgent need to respond to the effects of climate change. It’s complex, meaty thematic material. We hope to handle it as respectfully as we can, avoiding scaremongering, naïvety or trite sloganeering. You’ll have to come along to see whether or not we succeed.

We have lots of plans for the event, including:

A piece inspired by Iannis Xenakis’ Concret PH. The original piece is a close mic’d recording of coal burning which is then treated electronically. We’re substituting coal for oil shale and aiming to do as much of it live as possible.

A piece inspired by Alvin Lucier’s Clocker. The original piece explores our psychoneurological relationship with time by modulating a clock’s ticking with delays that are controlled via galvanic skin response sensors. For our version we intend to replace the clock with a geiger counter, thus replacing time with radiation in the conceptual framework of the piece.

THIS IS WHERE YOU COME IN: We want to collect as much thematically relevant material as possible to present as a kind of sensory overload for the event in question, via as many as three projectors and multiple sound sources. We’d like you to collect quotes, texts, songs, audio snippets, photographs, images and video that relate to the subject and send them to us via our usual channels. We’ve started a topic in our forum that goes into much more detail, so click here if you’d like to find out more.

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June 16th, 2011 | by | Published in Blog